Attesting Kenyan Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Kenyan document legalization services

Can Kenyan documents be legalized by Apostille?

No - Kenya is not a member of the Apostille Convention and does not issue Apostille Stamps. Kenyan documents required for us abroad must be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, then attested in Nairobi by the embassy of the country where the document will be submitted.

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What types of documents can be legalized in Kenya for use abroad?

Official documents that can be legalized in Kenya include:

  • Kenyan birth, death, marriage certificates
  • Islamic marriage and divorce certificates
  • Police Clearance Certificates issued by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
  • Court documents
  • Trade documents
  • University and academic diplomas
  • Documents certified by a Kenyan notary

To confirm whether your document is eligible for legalization in Kenya, contact us and we’ll check your document free of charge. For further information about legalizing documents in Kenya and for assistance obtaining official copies of Kenyan documents, see:
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How can I obtain my Kenyan Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

Kenyan Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) are available from the Apply for a Kenyan Police Clearance Certificate (Kenyan and foreign nationals currently resident in Kenya) Directorate of Criminal InvestigationsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Foreign citizens currently outside Kenya requiring a Kenyan Police Clearance Certificate will need to provide a set of fingerprints and a certified copy of their passport showing at least six months residence. Applications can then be submitted by post or through a representative in Kenya.

Kenyan and foreign nationals currently resident in Kenya can apply online.

Isarey can obtain Police Clearance Certificates in Kenya for overseas clients who need it attested for use abroad. Please contact us for assistance and details of required supporting documentation.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Kenyan Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of a Kenyan birth, marriage or death certificate?

Certified copies of Kenyan birth, death and marriage certificates can be obtained from the Registrar of Births and Deaths or Registrar of Marriages.

Isarey can obtain certified copies of Kenyan birth, death and marriage certificates for overseas clients. Please contact us for assistance.

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Where can I get my fingerprints taken for a Kenyan Criminal Record certificate?

To have your fingerprints taken outside Kenya, contact the local police force. For more information on having your fingerprints taken in different countries, see:
Getting your fingerprints taken

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How can I legalize a Kenyan document for use in the United Arab Emirates?

Kenyan documents required for submission to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates need to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs and then attested at the UAE embassy in Nairobi.

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How can I legalize a Kenyan birth, death or marriage certificate to use abroad?

Kenyan birth death and marriage certificates can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs and at the embassy of the recipient country in Nairobi. Certificates must be issued by the Registrar of Births/Deaths or Marriages. Islamic Marriage Certificates must be certified and stamped by the Chief Kadhi’s Chambers in Mombasa or Deputy Chief Kadhi in Nairobi.

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How can I legalize a Kenyan criminal record certificate to use abroad?

Kenyan Police Clearance Certificates issued by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs and attested at the embassy of the recipient country in Nairobi.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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For further information on confidentiality in our handling of document content please see:
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